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KGMU EC meet or farewell party

THE King Georges Medical University (KGMU) Executive Council meeting ? the last one during the tenure of Prof Mahendra Bhandari as the vice-chancellor of the university ? turned out to be a farewell party.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 01:27 IST

THE King Georges Medical University (KGMU) Executive Council meeting — the last one during the tenure of Prof Mahendra Bhandari as the vice-chancellor of the university — turned out to be a farewell party.

Arranged in a five-star hotel, the formal meeting held on Saturday did not last long. A lunch was organised in honour of the outgoing V-C. While three dozen teachers were given promotion on the basis of their service tenure, the services of seven other teachers were confirmed.

Twenty-two teachers were promoted from the post of assistant professor to associate professor and nine others were promoted from associate professor to professor. Those who had sent their representation to the Chancellor’s office for promotion were also promoted.

The promotions, made through interviews as mentioned in the University Act, may cause an additional financial burden to the varsity. Out of the 18 points of the agenda, the EC members turned down the extension of service period for a few retiring teachers and approved rest of the items without much discussion.

In fact, everyone kept their personal benefits in mind before the present vice-chancellor Prof Bhandari’s term is over on May 12. The result was that none of the items in the agenda were put for a formal discussion.

The EC accepted resignations of Dr SK Singh (CVTS) and of Dr RK Kain (plastic surgery).

Another important point on the agenda was about establishing the Policy Analysis Unit and Research Cell at the KGMU with an initial investment of Rs 82,15,000. This item on the agenda had drawn maximum attention from the EC members and the faculty. They opposed the proposal saying that a large amount of an academic institution should not be invested in policy-making process when there were other agencies and departments doing the same. This item, too, was approved by the members.

Since the proposal to attach the research cell staff with the V-C office met with a severe opposition, it was dumped.

Other item on the agenda was the approval of the minutes of the previous Finance Committee meeting. With this approval of the EC, there is a statutory seal on all financial transactions done by the varsity in 2005-06.